Superhero movies always have an epic soundtrack in the background that elevates the action-packed scenes to a whole new level. The background music that these films have are not only uplifting but very engaging and heroic at the same time. This makes the movie watching experience that much better and the final verdict of the film depends on how well the music was composed.
In this list, we are going to talk about some of the best soundtracks from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU is filled with amazing songs and we are here to showcase the best of the best! We have already discussed some of the most iconic soundtracks from movies and if you want to learn more about this, take a look at this list! The Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy is already mentioned in that list, as the soundtrack is outstanding and can compete with other blockbuster movies.
Without further ado, let’s jump straight into the list of the best Marvel soundtracks and enjoy the amazing music that these films are fitted with!
6. Thor: The Dark World, 2013
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
- Music composed by: Brian Tyler
The first entry on the list is the second installment of the Thor franchise. This movie was not the best when it comes to the plot, but it surely had some epic fight scenes with fitting songs in the background. This is one of the reasons why so many people still enjoyed the film very much, despite the fact that there are far better Marvel movies to choose from.
The soundtrack is composed by Brian Tyler, who by this time has already worked on other projects from the MCU, such as Iron Man 3 (we will talk about this movie more in-depth later on). The score for Thor: The Dark World has some amazing songs in it, such as Battle of Vanaheim, Escaping the Realm and Invasion of Asgard.
These are all songs composed by Brian Tyler and they are perfect in the scenes where they can be heard. The God of Thunder’s theme song is also a beloved musical masterpiece and it sets the mood of the movie in an impeccable manner. Hearing the heroic song in one of the biggest action scenes of the movie is a sure way to fall in love with the film itself or simply the song!
Thor: The Dark World might have not been the best Marvel movie, but its soundtrack still deserves a mention. By no means are we saying that the movie itself is bad, but there are surely better films from the MCU that you can enjoy. If you are still interested in viewing or re-watching the movie, you can order it from Amazon in the simplest and most convenient way possible.
5. The Punisher, 2004
- Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
- Music composed by: Carlo Siliotto
Frank Castle’s character has been portrayed multiple times and this 2004 action movie introduced the mainstream audiences with this vengeful character. Thomas Jane’s portrayal of the anti-hero is very enjoyable and the action-packed scenes are what many people love about the movie. Of course, we cannot forget about the amazing soundtrack that follows each scene either.
The soundtrack of the movie is not only fitting but very heroic as well. Carlo Siliotto did a great job with the score and it fits the tone of the movie in every way possible. The Punisher theme song, Moving and The Death and Resurrection of Frank Castle are all songs that made the scenes a whole lot better. Having such an epic soundtrack makes any movie better and The Punisher is no exception.
Regardless of what you think about the movie itself, the soundtrack is surely worth your time. If you are interested in the soundtrack, you can purchase the music individually below.
4. Deadpool, 2016
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
- Music composed by: Junkie XL
Deadpool’s popularity has grown by tenfold since the release of this 2016 movie and many people are interested in the main character as well. The film showcased this trash-talking, invincible mutant that Ryan Reynolds so perfectly portrayed. Not only that he played the role of the main character, but he was also closely involved in the production of the movie too.
He really wanted the character and the tone of the movie to be true to the source material: the comic books. The production team behind the movie flawlessly executed the feel of the anti-hero with the fourth-wall breaking comedy and everything!
As soon as the movie starts, you already know that the soundtrack is going to be amazing! Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton playing while the camera pans around mid-car crash is a scene that sets the underlying tone of the film. It shows audiences exactly what to expect and it delivers in every aspect.
Additionally, there are many other great songs on the Deadpool soundtrack, such as X Gon’ Give It to Ya by DMX, Careless Whisper by George Michael and many other composed songs.
Deadpool’s sequel is coming out soon, so if you want to catch up on the first movie before the second one comes out, check out the deals over on Amazon below. You can either choose to rent or purchase the film for yourself, for a very affordable price.
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2014
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
- Music composed by: John Ottman
The X-Men franchise is compiled of multiple great movies, with amazing soundtracks, but we had to choose one and we decided on Days of Future Past. This 2014 release was highly anticipated, as the comic book storyline is very engaging and epic, thus many fans were eager to see this story unfold on the big screen.
After the movie’s release, there were mixed reviews; some adored the movie, while others were confused and let down. Either way, nobody can deny that it has a pretty epic soundtrack! All of the songs that you can hear in the movie are composed by John Ottoman, except a few that are performed by bands and singers.
Ottoman did a fine job, with musical masterpieces such as Hope (Xavier’s Theme), Join Me and Saigon/Logan Arrives. Of course, one of the most unforgettable moments of the movie is when Quicksilver disarms the Pentagon guards in super-high speed while Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce is playing. Marvel did the same scene in X-Men: Apocalypse too and it was just as entertaining!
The plot of the movie might be a bit confusing, especially to people who are not familiar with the X-Men universe, but it is still a rather enjoyable action sci-fi film. If you have never seen the movie before, be sure to pick it up from Amazon below.
2. The Avengers, 2012
- Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
- Music composed by: Alan Silvestri
When The Avengers came out in 2012, Marvel fans got a treat, as they could finally see their beloved Avengers on the big screen. The movie compiled some of the biggest hitters from the MCU, with the roster consisting of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
In addition, we cannot forget supporting characters such as Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and of course, the villain of the movie; Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. At the release of this film, it was one of the best Marvel movies and the soundtrack is not an exception. Alan Silvestri composed a flawless score for each of the scenes.
The opening credit sequence song Arrival immediately cements the tone of the movie as epic and heroic. The following scenes only further prove this as literally every scene has a fitting song playing in the background. Without the music, the scenes would only be half as effective. Just take a look at the moment when the Avengers finally assemble. Without the Assemble score, the scene would not have the same impact.
Alan Silvestri’s soundtrack has also been individually released and you should order it from Amazon.com below.
1. Iron Man 3, 2013
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
- Music composed by: Brian Tyler
The first Iron Man movie was what started the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008 and it is arguably the best of the Iron Man movies, but the soundtrack of the third installment takes the grand price! Brian Tyler did a fantastic job with the score and it is regarded as one of the best Marvel soundtracks to this day.
Brian Tyler said that he wanted to create a more melancholic soundtrack, as the music needed to reflect on the aftermaths of The Avengers movies in Tony’s life. This was perfectly executed and it ensured a high rating for the movie itself as well.
As always, Robert Downey Jr. is flawless as Tony Stark, but Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Guy Pearce (Aldrich Killian) and Ben Kingsley (Trevor Slattery aka Fake Mandarin) also did great performances. All of the characters are relatable in one way or another and they make for a great film. In addition to the scores composed by Brian Tyler, there are a few alternative and indie rock songs too.
These were inspired by the motion picture and they have an album on their own, entitled Heroes Fall. This album consists of songs, such as Ready Aim Fire by Imagine Dragons, Some Kind of Joke by AWOLNATION, One Minute More by Capital Cities and many others. All of the songs that can be heard in the movie are phenomenal and they deserve the top spot on our list!
The movie itself is also great and you can watch it over on Amazon below if you feel like experiencing the third installment of the Iron Man franchise.
Marvel has made some fantastic movies and they continue to do so every year. The soundtrack of each of these movies is impeccable and we can only hope that they are going to continue with this trend. Hopefully, you have found what you are looking for or at least gained some additional insight on the movies themselves as well as the music that is following each of the heroic scenes that these superheroes have to endure.